I study nature through the lens of chemistry. Elements make up all living and non-living material and how elements move through ecosystems can have profound implications for ecosystem structure and function. In my research, I combine techniques from biogeochemistry and ecosystem ecology to understand processes that influence elemental flows into and through ecosystems particular vulnerable to nutrient pollution: lakes and streams.
Currently, I am a post doctoral fellow at the Center for Limnology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Emily Stanley. I am working on a project to understand the effects of environmental change on lakes in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in collaboration with the USFS (Steve Sebestyen and Randy Kolka) and University of Winnipeg (Nora Casson). In 2015, I received my PhD from Arizona State University. For my dissertation, I studied how calcium carbonate deposition influenced nutrient cycling in desert streams with James Elser. Prior to my PhD, I delved into the world of science policy at the National Science Foundation, working with the Ecosystem Science and LTER programs and on the Interagency Working Group for Scientific Collections. My passion for science began at Cornell University, where I was an undergraduate researcher with Alex Flecker and Laurie Drinkwater.
When I’m not working, I enjoy hiking, biking, and photography.
You can follow me on twitter (@limnojess) or contact me (j c o r m a n @ w i s c [dot] e d u).